Junior League baseball all-stars fall to Hillsboro
There was no such thing as home-field advantage for the LaCoMo East Junior League baseball all-star team as it was handled 12-2 in the championship game of the state tournament last week Tuesday at the Concordia Sports Com-plex.
After a scoreless first inning, visiting Hillsboro broke through with a four-run second inning off starting and losing pitcher Keaton Graf, who had to be relieved by Tru-man Sleeper only one out into the second.
LaCoMo East responded with a single tally in the bottom of the second.
Each team scored one run in the fourth inning, but Hillsboro punched a hole in the game with five runs in the fifth frame and two in the sixth, ending the game via the 10-run rule.
LaCoMo East, which had split games with Hillsboro, losing 13-3 and winning 3-2, had three hits, including a double by Grant Boland. Cass Heimsoth and Cory Meineka each had a base hit. Meineka and Boland each scored a run and Sleeper drove in one run.
Graf hurled 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven walks and struck out two. Sleeper pitched the next 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs in three hits and three free passes. Trent McGinnis pitched the sixth, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk.
Hillsboro advances to the Central Regional Tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind. The 11-team event run Aug. 7-12. Also entered in the event will be champions from Iowa, Wis-consin, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Minnesota, Kentucky, Indiana, the host town and Illinois.